really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,569 miles

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2003 Toyota Sequoia transmission problems

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2003 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 282005


  • 103,777 miles


I have a 2003 Toyota Sequoia and my vsc trac, vsc off lights stay on. I have been told it is the transmission however it is a defect from Toyota. The ABS light and check engine light comes on as a result. I have seen lots of complaints on this issue as well and think that Toyota should do a recall to fix this problem.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #3

Sep 102004

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While consumer was driving the check engine light/trac light, and ABS braking light appeared on the dashboard and remained on. Then, vehicle stalled. Consumer was unable to restart vehicle, and had vehicle towed to dealer for inspection. Mechanic determined that the battery needed to be replaced. Consumer informed mechanic that this problem recurred and had not been resolved.

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #2

Aug 052004

Sequoia 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Put my Sequoia in park and shut off.I got out to go into gas station, as I shut the door to the vehicle, the car jerked and began making a grinding noise and proceeded to go in reverse back. I went to get into the vehicle to make sure I had gotten it into the park position and it was. I couldn't stop it and by that time it was too late for me to get away from the vehicle. It ended up pinning my legs between a concrete barrier that protects the gas pumps and the door of my vehicle. Eventually, it folded the drivers side door backwards making it parallel to the front bumper and released me to fall to the ground. It then continued in reverse until it finally hit a parked car and stopped. All of the witnesses, including the actual police officer noted in their statements that they found the car in park. At this point, Toyota is not taking responsibility for this and a neutral party who quickly checked the Sequoia said they found no problem with the car staying in park so there would probably be nothing further done.

- Iowa City, IA, USA

problem #1

Mar 012003

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,500 miles
A 2003 Toyota Sequoia 2wd/limited was placed in park with the engine running on a down slope driveway. The driver exited the vehicle, opened up the back to get something to deliver. The person began walking up the sidewalk to the front door when an eye witness noticed that the car was in foward motion and yelled a warning. The vehicle struck a closed garage door and knocked it out of place and stopped the vehicle. The driver ran to the car and the gear lever was in park. The engine was shut off and the vehicle was towed to the dealership.

- Beaumont, TX, USA

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